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Expert Witness Testimony

The expert witness must, by definition, assume the roles of expert and witness. The two roles consequently create two responsibilities for expert witnesses. First, experts are obliged to be experts in their chosen area of specialization. Second, witnesses have an ethical responsibility to “become reasonably familiar with the judicial or administrative rule governing their roles” (APA, 2002, 2.01). Psychologists are generally allowed to testify as expert witnesses if they have relevant specialized knowledge that “will assist the trier of fact to understand the evidence or to determine a fact in issue.” (Federal Rules of Evidence, Rule 702).

Minneapolis psychologist, Dr. Alberta’s primary credentials are:

  • Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology, Minnesota School of Professional Psychology
  • Doctoral Internship, University of Wisconsin Medical School, SinaiSamaritan Hospital Clinical Campus
  • Sex Therapy Certification, University of Minnesota Medical School, Department of Family Practice

In addition to his primary credentials, Dr. Alberta has secondary credentials in the form of licensure from the State of Minnesota Board of Psychology (license #LP 1187). He also has secondary credentials from the American Board of Medical Psychotherapists. He has 90 hours post-doctoral training from the American Academy of Forensic Psychology. His possession of primary and secondary credentials satisfies the requirements of expertise in his area of specialization. His credentials and his post-doctoral training in forensic psychology also demonstrate his knowledge of the judicial and administrative rules governing his role as a forensic psychologist.

American Psychological Association (2002). Ethical principles of psychologists and code of conduct. American Psychologist, 57, 1060-1073.

If you would like to set up a meeting to discuss Minneapolis psychologist, Dr. Alberta to be an expert witness for your case, contact him today.